Hooray. LAX no more.

July 15, 2007

Thank God Air New Zealand now offer routes back to the UK other than via Los Angeles.  I don’t know of one single traveller who does not hate going though LA.  I’ve been doing it for the last 10 years, and it just gets worse and worse.

When my travel agent suggested I could go to London via San Francisco, and come back via Hong Kong (all Air New Zealand) I jumped at the chance.  I was still uncertain about how passing through the US would be though.   Travelling with two little ones I was hoping that it’d be a “nicer” experience than LA.

I couldn’t have asked for more.  The ground staff at San Francisco were really friendly, and fast-tracked us through the immigration queues.  And we even got a smile and a joke out of the immigration officer.

Two nights in San Fran, and a bike ride over the Golden Gate Bridge, later we headed off back to the airport for the leg to London.

San Fran

Again, really friendly service all round, from check-in, through security (with no queues!), all the way to the plane.

10 hours later we’re in London, and although a bit tired, the body clocks pretty much set to UK time.

So if you’re doing the big trip to the UK, I’d strongly recommend bypassing LA, and spending a couple of nights in Frisco.

4 Responses to “Hooray. LAX no more.”

  1. benkepes Says:

    Dan – nice pic and all but you’ve got to tell your wife/partner to sort out her helmet wearing style.

    Sorry but years of bike racing make me a bit sensitive to this sort of thing! 🙂

    Have a great time!

  2. Dan Says:

    Heh! You’re not wrong. I’d never noticed. That’s a top notch helmet style. She’s got such a small head! Maybe she should have traded helmets with little Sophie (on the right).

  3. benkepes Says:

    LOL! Take care!

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